Junior Market slippage

More funds entered the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Wednesday but purchases declined 5 percent fewer shares than on Tuesday as the value rose by 8 percent with 42 securities trading compared with 40 on Tuesday, resulting in the prices of 16 rising, 17 declining and 9 closing unchanged.
A total of 9,004,048 shares were traded for $26,089,560 compared to 9,486,819 units at $24,258,679 on Tuesday.
Trading averaged 214,382 shares at $621,180 versus 237,170 units at $606,467 on Tuesday with the month to date averaging 199,195 stocks at $532,230 compared with 196,347 shares at $515,552 on the previous day. January closed with an average of 239,755 units at $646,375.
Tropical Battery led trading with 2.05 million shares for 22.8 percent of total volume followed by Future Energy Source with 1.58 million units for 17.6 percent of the day’s trade and Regency Petroleum with 1.05 million units for 11.6 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index declined 6.84 points to close at 3,905.52.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks incorporate projected  ICInsider.com  earnings for the financial year ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and two with lower offers.
At the close, AMG Packaging gained 20 cents to close at $2.90 in switching ownership of 1,332 shares, CAC2000 fell $1.15 to $7.20 after transferring 591 units, Cargo Handlers rose 39 cents to $13.39 in exchanging 10,027 stocks  Caribbean Cream shed 17 cents to settle at $3.33 with 2,500 stock units changing hands, Consolidated Bakeries dipped 10 cents to $2.50 with investors exchanging 26,000 shares, Dolphin Cove dropped 63 cents to $14.55 with the swapping of 12,841 stock units. EduFocal gained 22 cents in closing at $2.28 after 143,992 units passed through the market, Fontana fell 28 cents to $8.52 as investors traded 121,293 stocks, Future Energy Source rallied 10 cents to  $4.70 in transferring 1,582,638 stocks. General Accident advanced 45 cents to $4.95 in trading a mere 49 units, iCreate lost 9 cents in closing at $1.90 in switching ownership of 464,883 stock units, Indies Pharma shed 15 cents after ending at $2.84 with the transfer of 4,319 shares. Jamaican Teas gained 7 cents to end at $2.58 after clearing the market with 44,258 shares, Knutsford Express popped 8 cents to close at $10.08 with the swapping of 11,806 units, Lasco Manufacturing lost 11 cents to settle at $4 after exchanging 19,030 stock units. Limners and Bards gained 16 cents ending at $2.50 in transferring 33,853 stocks, Mailpac Group shed 13 cents to close at $2.01 as investors swapped 122,014 units, Main Event dipped 42 cents to $9.50 in an exchange of 838 shares. MFS Capital Partners lost 9 cents to end at $3.50 with 876,476 stock units changing hands, Paramount Trading rose 33 cents to finish at a 52 weeks’ closing high of $2.58 after the price hit an intraday high of $2.95 before falling back after a transfer of 105,096 stocks, Regency Petroleum popped 8 cents to close at $1.90 in crossing the exchange with 1,047,536 stock units. Spur Tree Spices popped 9 cents to end at $2.90 with investors transferring 292,334 stocks and Tropical Battery fell 19 cents to $2.31 after 2,049,613 shares were traded.

Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

JSE Main Market rises Junior Market slips

The Main Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange rose at the close of trading on Wednesday and the Junior and the USD Markets declined moderately with the volume and value of stocks trading remaining fairly consistent with that on Tuesday.
Trading resulted in an exchange of 18,817,620 shares, up from 17,343,337 units on Monday, valued at $120.2 million, compared with $122.33 million on the previous day. Trading on the JSE USD market resulted in investors exchanging shares traded for US$4,280 versus US$19,925 on Tuesday.
At the close, the Combined Market Index climbed 1,375.51 points to 347,856.59, the  All Jamaican Composite Index rallied 3,460.05 points to 379,290.64, the JSE Main Index gained 1,544.69 points to close at 334,462.13, the Junior Market slipped 3.17 points to 3,905.52 and the JSE US dollar market dipped 1.18 points to end at 232.78.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 22.8 based on 2021-22 earnings and 13.1 times those for 2022-23 at the close of trading.
Investors need pertinent information to successfully navigate many investment options in the local stock market. The ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational investment decisions by investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and put in on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The ICInsider.com PE Ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. It shows companies grouped on an industry basis, allowing easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices. Dividends payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts that show the closing volume for the bids and offers.
The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2021 and 2022 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items. The PE Ratio is the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks.

Trading climbs on JSE Main Market

Investors pumped  211 percent more money into the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market on Tuesday and purchased16 percent fewer shares than on Monday and sending more stocks closing higher than those falling with57securities trading, as was the case on Monday, and ended with prices of 27 rising, 21 declining and nine ending unchanged.
A total of 7,945,794 shares were exchanged for $100,709,129 compared to 9,434,901 units at $32,400,825 on Monday.
Trading averaged 139,400 units at $1,766,827 versus 165,525 shares at $568,436 on Monday and month to date, an average of 142,484 units at $1,201,140 compared with 143,252 units at $1,060,336 on the previous day. January closed with an average of 205,236 units at $1,805,558.
JMMB Group 7.35% – 2028, led trading with 2.23 million shares for 28.1 percent of total volume, followed by Wigton Windfarm with 1.57 million units for 19.8 percent of the day’s trade and Jamaica Broilers with 855,784 units for 10.8 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index declined 2,558.42 points to 375,830.59, the JSE Main Index fell 2,316.43 points to 332,917.44 and the JSE Financial Index shed 0.64 points to close at 79.06.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.2 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows seven stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and four with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints rose $1.06 to $10.41 in an exchange of 1,687 shares, Caribbean Cement advanced $2.23 to $59 in trading 1,133 stocks, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund fell $4 in closing at $40 after 4,657 units crossed the market. First Rock Real Estate gained 60 cents in ending at $12.75 in transferring 1,620 stock units, GraceKennedy rose 89 cents to end at $77.99 in switching ownership of 479,100 stocks, Guardian Holdings declined $9.80 to close at $525 with an exchange of 2,389 units. Jamaica Broilers popped 50 cents to finish at $30.50 in switching ownership of 855,784 stock units, Jamaica Producers rallied $1.87 to close at $21.87 after a transfer of 138 shares, JMMB Group advanced $2.38 in ending at $33.88 with 8,657 stock units changing hands. Kingston Wharves dipped $1 in closing at $32 after 3,129 shares passed through the market, Mayberry Investments lost 40 cents to end at $8.10 after exchanging 39,563 stocks, MPC Caribbean Clean Energy dropped $23 to end at $75 with a transfer of 75 units. NCB Financial rallied $2 in closing at $77 as investors exchanged 23,990 shares after the price hit a new one year low of $72, 138 Student Living gained 55 cents to settle at $5.70 with the swapping of 1,123 stocks, Palace Amusement popped $31 to close at $2,480 with 409 stock units changing hands. Portland JSX shed $1.54 to settle at $10 with 512 units clearing the market, Proven Investments lost 49 cents in ending at $29.01 with investors transferring 3,048 units, Sagicor Group fell $1.96 to end at $49, trading 73,873 shares. Scotia Group rose 69 cents to close at $33.79 in exchanging 191,619 stocks, Seprod advanced $2.40 to $67.90 after trading 100 stock units, Supreme Ventures lost 43 cents to close at $26.07 in switching ownership of 38,042 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments rose $1.10 to $12.99 with the swapping of 33,048 stock units.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 7% preference share gained 42 cents in closing at $2.83 with a transfer of 3,904 stocks and 138 Student Living preference share advanced $2.50 to close at a record high of $78 in trading 1,024 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market rally

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The Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed moderately higher on Tuesday after the market added nearly 90 points up late in the morning session, with the volume of stocks traded declining 21 percent and the value 29 percent lower than on Monday with 40 securities trading down from 47 on Monday and ended with prices of 20 rising, 16 declining and four closing unchanged.
A total of 9,486,819 shares were traded at $24,258,679 compared with 12,032,460 units at $34,094,366 on Monday.
Trading averaged 237,170 shares at $606,467 compared to 256,010 units at $725,412 on Monday. Trading month to date averages 196,347 units at $515,552 versus 187,473 stock units at $495,788 on the previous day. January closed with an average of 239,755 units at $646,375.
Image Plus Consultants led trading with 2 million shares for 21 percent of total volume followed by Derrimon Trading with 1.01 million units for 10.6 percent of the day’s trade and MFS Capital Partners with 1 million units for 10.6 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index advanced 7.39 points to 3,912.36.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.7. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks use ICInsider.com’s projected earnings for the financial year ending that fall between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial advanced $2.25 to end at $23.25 with an exchange of 50 shares, AMG Packaging lost 20 cents to close at $2.70 after trading 47,645 stock units, Blue Power shed 24 cents to $2.46 in transferring 2,700 units. Caribbean Cream gained 25 cents to close at $3.50 with 85,796 stocks crossing the market, Consolidated Bakeries popped 60 cents in closing at $2.60 with the swapping of 32,800 stock units, Dolphin Cove fell 11 cents to end at $15.18 in switching ownership of 5,529 units. EduFocal shed 11 cents to close at $2.06 in exchanging 213,512 stocks, Fontana popped 10 cents to finish at $8.80 after 54,166 shares were traded, Fosrich lost 7 cents in ending at $3.52 with investors trading 539,126 shares. General Accident dipped 49 cents to close at $4.50 with 5,603 stock units changing hands, Honey Bun gained 10 cents to end at $7.40 after trading 1,290 stocks, Iron Rock Insurance advanced 22 cents to $2.39 with the swapping of one unit. Knutsford Express rallied 15 cents to close at $10 as investors exchanged 63,301 shares, Lasco Distributors shed 13 cents to end at $2.54 after 8,275 stock units passed through the market, Lasco Financial rose 19 cents to end at $2.82 as investors exchanged 17,200 units. Main Event gained 37 cents to close at $9.92 after a transfer of 1,602 stocks, Paramount Trading fell 10 cents to end at $2.25 in trading 27,000 stock units, Stationery and Office Supplies declined $1.23 to $14.26 with the swapping of 5,291 shares and Tropical Battery gained 14 cents in ending at $2.50 after exchanging 311,397 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading down for JES USD market

Trading dipped on the US dollar market Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, with a 75 percent fall in the volume of stocks changing hands and leading to a 17 percent drop in value compared to Monday and resulting in nine securities traded, compared to eight on Monday with two rising, four declining and five left unchanged.
Overall, 110,724 shares were traded for US$19,925 down from 441,584 units at US$23,988 on Monday.
Trading averaged 12,303 units at US$2,214 versus 55,198 shares at US$2,999 on Monday, with a month to date average of 35,675 shares at US$2,492 compared with 42,687 units at US$2,575 on the previous day. January ended with an average of 48,604 units for US$4,865.
The JSE USD Equities Index lost 1.18 points to end at 235.95.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 10.1. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows no stock ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and one stock with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share remained at 7 US cents, with 1,707 shares changing hands, Productive Business Solutions dipped 1 cent to US$1.90 after trading at 20 stock units, Proven Investments lost 1.49 cents to end at 18.51 US cents in an exchange of 42,342 units. Sterling Investments declined 0.18 of a cent to close at 1.81 US cents, with 1,500 stocks crossing the market, Sygnus Credit Investments USD share climbed 0.02 of a cent in ending at 10 US cents, with 45,232 units passing through the exchange, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share ended at 8.5 US cents closed after 5,949 shares changed hands and Transjamaican Highway remained at 0.97 of one US cent with 8,668 stocks clearing the market.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 5.75% ended at US$2.01 in exchanging 1,300 stock units and JMMB Group 6% rose 8.96 cents to close at US$1.0696 while trading 4,006 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market gains JSE Main market falls

The volume of stocks trading dropped on the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday but with a higher value than on Monday, leading to a rise in the Junior Market and declines in the JSE Main and the USD Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.
Trading ended with an exchange of 17,343,337 shares, down from 21,902,708 units on Monday, valued at $122.33 million up from $66.44 million on the previous day. Trading on the JSE USD market resulted in investors trading US$19.925 compared with US$23,988 on Monday.
At the close, the Combined Market Index shed 2,089.31 points to 346,481.08, the All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,558.42 points to end at 375,830.59, the JSE Main Index lost 2,316.43 points to end at 332,917.44, the Junior Market rose 7.39 points to 3,912.36 and the JSE US dollar market dipped 1.18 points to close at 235.95.
The market’s PE ratio ended at 22.8 based on 2021-22 earnings and 13.1 times those for 2022-23 at the close of trading.
Investors need pertinent information to successfully navigate many investment options in the local stock market. The ICInsider.com PE ratio chart and the more detailed daily report charts provide investors with regularly updated information to help decision-making.
Investors should use the chart to help make rational investment decisions by investing in stocks close to the average for the sector and not going too far from it unless there are compelling reasons to do so. This approach helps to remove emotions from investment decisions and put in on fundamentals while at the same time not being too far from the majority of investors. Investors who buy when the price of a stock is close to the average will find that they are not inclined to overpay for a stock.
The ICInsider.com PE Ratio chart covers all ordinary shares on the Jamaica Stock Exchange. It shows companies grouped on an industry basis, allowing easy comparisons between the same sector companies and the overall market.
The net asset value of each company is reported as a guide to assess the value of stocks based on this measure quickly. The chart also shows daily changes in stock prices and the percentage year to date price movement based on the last traded prices. Dividends payable and yields for each company are shown in the Main and Junior Markets’ daily report charts that show the closing volume for the bids and offers.
The EPS & PE ratios are based on 2021 and 2022 actual or projected earnings, excluding major one off items. The PE Ratio is the most popular measure used to determine the value of stocks.

Republic drags down Trinidad market

Republic Financial shed $4.48 on Tuesday on the Trinidad and Tobago Stock Exchange and sent the main market indices into a dive, with a 16 percent rise in the volume of stocks traded rising with a 32 percent lesser value than on Monday resulting in 20 securities trading compared with 18 on Monday, with six stocks rising, seven declining and seven remaining unchanged.
Investors traded 243,373 shares for $2,894,825 versus 210,154 stock units at $4,260,730 on Monday. An average of 12,169 units were traded at $144,741 compared to 11,675 shares at $236,707 on Monday, with trading month to date averaging 20,171 shares at $500,200 versus 22,364 units at $597,586 on the previous day. The average trade for January amounts to 28,440 at $235,404.
The Composite Index dipped 11.70 points to 1,319.16, the All T&T Index declined 11.01 points to 1,970.70, the SME Index remained unchanged at 57.12 and the Cross-Listed Index dipped 1.74 points to close at 87.06.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows four stocks ended with bids higher than their last selling prices and one with a lower offer.
At the close, Agostini’s ended at $57 after an exchange of 73 shares, Angostura Holdings dipped 19 cents to close at $23.55 clearing the market with five units, Ansa McAl remained at $50 as 122 stock units changed hands. First Citizens Group gained 10 cents in ending at $50.10, with 1,150 stocks crossing the exchange, FirstCaribbean International Bank dropped 45 cents in closing at $6.15 after finishing trading of 25 shares, GraceKennedy ended at $4.75 with 2,743 stock units changing hands. Guardian Holdings remained at $25.05 with a transfer of 28,574 units, JMMB Group popped 7 cents to $1.97 in switching ownership of 868 stocks, Massy Holdings lost 1 cent in closing at $4.48 after trading 94,336 stocks. National Enterprises rose 34 cents to end at $3.94 after a transfer of 5,590 stock units, National Flour Mills slipped 1 cent in closing at $1.50 in an exchange of 18,664 shares, NCB Financial ended at $4.20 while exchanging 286 units. One Caribbean Media remained at $3.70 with the swapping of 5,700 stocks, Prestige Holdings fell 10 cents to $6.90 with an exchange of 10 shares, Republic Financial shed $4.48 to close at $133.51 as 3,463 units passed through the market. Scotiabank increased 3 cents in ending at $77.98 with 8,047 stock units crossing the market, Trinidad & Tobago NGL advanced 10 cents to $21.10 as investors exchanged 3,901 stock units, Trinidad Cement dropped 1 cent in closing at $3.59 with 54,818 shares changing hands. Unilever Caribbean rallied 24 cents to end at $13.89, with 10,511 stocks crossing the market and West Indian Tobacco remained at $20.50 in an exchange of 4,487 units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Trading activity drops of the JSE Main market

Trading activity on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Main Market ended on Monday with a 14 percent increase in the volume of stocks traded and the value  68 percent lower than on Friday, from 57 securities trading compared to 60 on Friday, with 16 rising, 31 declining and 10 ending unchanged.
A total of 9,434,901 shares were exchanged for $32,400,825 versus 8,306,314 units at $100,793,32 on Friday.
Trading averaged 165,525 units at $568,436 versus 138,439 shares at $1,679,857 on Friday and month to date, an average of 143,252 units at $1,060,336 compared to 135,871 units at $1,223,350 on the previous trading day. January closed with an average of 205,236 units at $1,805,558.
Wigton Windfarm led trading with 4.07 million shares for 43.2 percent of total volume followed by Sagicor Select Financial Fund with 1.35 million units for 14.3 percent of the day’s trade, Transjamaican Highway with 1.32 million units for 14 percent of market share and QWI Investments with 1.13 million units for 12 percent market share.
The All Jamaican Composite Index dropped 2,647.57 points to 378,389.01, the JSE Main Index fell 2,561.70 points to end at 335,233.87 and the JSE Financial Index lost 0.99 points to settle at 79.70.
The PE Ratio, a formula to ascertain appropriate stock values, averages 14.5 for the Main Market. The JSE Main and USD Market PE ratios incorporate earnings forecasted by ICInsider.com for companies with the financial year ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows 10 stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and eight with lower offers.
At the close, Berger Paints lost 40 cents to close at $9.35 in trading 6,000 shares, Caribbean Cement declined $2.23 to end at $56.77 with 5,525 stocks crossing the exchange, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund dropped $4 to close at $44 with a transfer of 1,361 stock units. First Rock Real Estate dipped 58 cents in closing at $12.15 with 4,153 units changing hands, GraceKennedy shed $1.70 in ending at $77.10 in switching ownership of 30,914 units, Jamaica Producers fell $1.90 to $20 in exchanging 61,707 stocks. JMMB Group declined $2.97 in closing at $31.50 with the swapping of 28,300 shares, Kingston Wharves shed $2 to end at $33 as investors exchanged 14,071 stock units, Massy Holdings fell $1 to close at $79 with a transfer of 171 units. NCB Financial shed $2 to end at a 52 weeks’ low of $75 after 51,005 stocks cleared the market, 138 Student Living dipped 41 cents to end at $5.15 in exchanging 24,651 stock units, Palace Amusement climbed $49.01 to $2,449 in switching ownership of 929 shares. Proven Investments lost 50 cents to end at $29.50 after an exchange of 691 stock units, Scotia Group shed $1.40 to close at $33.10 after trading 16,328 units, Seprod gained 50 cents in closing at $65.50 with investors transferring 19,541 stocks. Supreme Ventures advanced $1.50 to $26.50 after trading 17,652 shares and Sygnus Credit Investments fell $1.11 to end at $11.89 with an exchange of 59,284 shares.
In the preference segmentProductive Business 10.50% preference share popped $250 to a 52 weeks’ high of $1,500 with 336 stock units changing hands. Eppley 5% preference share rallied 94 cents to close at $22.94 after 11 stocks crossed the market, Eppley 7.25% preference share declined $3.31 in ending at $18.79 after exchanging 2,427 units, Jamaica Public Service 9.5% dropped $42 to $2,950 trading 142 stocks. JMMB Group 7% preference share lost 43 cents to end at $2.41 as 444 shares passed through the market and JMMB Group 7.25% preference share dipped 47 cents to $3.11 with a transfer of 2,000 stock units but after it traded at a 52 weeks’ intraday high of $3.94.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market trading jumps

Surging trading on the Junior Market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Monday sent the volume of stocks trading up by 88 percent with a value 108 percent higher than on Friday after 47 securities changed hands compared with 45 on Friday and ended with 13 rising, 30 declining and 4 closing unchanged.
A total of 12,032,460 shares were exchanged for $34,094,366 compared to 6,415,297 units at $16,382,248 on Friday.
Trading averaged 256,010 shares at $725,412 compared with 142,562 units at $364,050 on Friday, with the month to date averaging 187,473 units at $495,788 compared to 163,960 stock units at $417,012 on the pior trading day. January closed with an average of 239,755 units at $646,375.
MFS Capital Partners led trading with 5.81 million shares for 48.3 percent of total volume followed by JFP Ltd with 1.02 million units for 8.5 percent of the day’s trade and Image Plus Consultants with 826,181 units for 6.9 percent market share.
At the close, the Junior Market Index shed 35.50 points to close at 3,904.97.
The PE Ratio, a measure of computing appropriate stock values, averages 12.6. The PE ratios of Junior Market stocks include ICInsider.com projected earnings for the financial years ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows three stocks ending with bids higher than their last selling prices and three with lower offers.
At the close, Access Financial fell $2.01 in closing at $21 after a transfer of 25,000 shares, Cargo Handlers dipped 38 cents to close at $13 in trading 149 stocks, Caribbean Assurance Brokers gained 10 cents to end at $2.14, with 8,669 units clearing the market. Caribbean Cream dipped 24 cents to settle at $3.25 with investors transferring 5,932 stock units, Consolidated Bakeries lost 11 cents after ending at $2 with 569 stocks changing hands, Fontana shed 30 cents to close at $8.70 with the swapping of 7,751 shares. Fosrich lost 9 cents to end at $3.59 as investors traded 600,846 stock units, Future Energy Source shed 14 cents in ending at $4.63 with an exchange of 315,068 units, Honey Bun rallied 23 cents in closing at $7.30 in switching ownership of 1,028 units. iCreate lost 15 cents to end at $2 with a transfer of 331,953 shares, Iron Rock Insurance fell 33 cents to finish at $2.17 in an exchange of 1,026 stock units, KLE Group rose 23 cents to $2.08 after exchanging 21 stocks. Knutsford Express declined $1.15 in ending at $9.85 as investors traded 3,213 shares, Lasco Distributors lost 7 cents to close at $2.67 after 11,424 stock units passed through the exchange, Lasco Financial dipped 17 cents to $2.63 trading 19,000 stocks. Lasco Manufacturing shed 59 cents to end at $4.11 with 3,070 units changing hands, Main Event rose 35 cents to end at $9.55 after 6,413 shares passed through the market, Medical Disposables advanced 39 cents to close at $5 in trading 56,291 stock units. MFS Capital Partners gained 34 cents in closing at $3.55 in switching ownership of 5,814,055 units, Paramount Trading popped 15 cents to $2.35 after exchanging 92,494 stocks, Spur Tree Spices lost 12 cents to close at $2.78 with the swapping of 209,621 stock units. Tropical Battery shed 24 cents to end at $2.36 while trading 669,029 shares and tTech declined 14 cents to $2.41 with a transfer of 2,167 stocks.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.

Junior Market jumps on Monday

In Monday’s trading on Monday, the market Index rallied 13.69 points to end at 237.13 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange US dollar market ended on Monday, with the volume of stocks changing hands rising 52 percent valued 15 percent more than on Friday and resulting in eight securities traded, similar to Friday and closed with prices of two rising, three declining and three ending unchanged.
Overall, 441,584 shares were traded for US$23,988 up from 291,324 units at US$20,906 on Friday.
Trading averaged 55,198 units at US$2,999 versus 36,416 shares at US$2,613 on Friday, with a month to date average of 42,687 shares at US$2,575 compared with 38,137 units at US$2,421 on the previous day. January ended with an average of 48,604 units for US$4,865.
The PE Ratio, a measure used in computing appropriate stock values, averages 10.2. The PE ratio uses ICInsider.com earnings forecasts for companies with financial years ending between November 2022 and August 2023.
Investor’s Choice bid-offer indicator shows none ended with a bid higher than the last selling prices and none with a lower offer.
At the close, First Rock Real Estate USD share ended at 7 US cents, with 4,725 shares crossing the market, Margaritaville shed 1.1 cents after ending at 13 US cents and finishing with 58 units trading, Productive Business Solutions rose 21 cents to end at US$1.91 with an exchange of 431 stock units. Proven Investments remained at 20 US cents after investors traded 25,700 stocks, Sygnus Real Estate Finance USD share dropped 0.4 cents in closing at 8.5 US cents in switching ownership of 29,283 stocks and Transjamaican Highway increased 0.05 cents in closing at 0.97 US cents after exchanging 369,493 shares.
In the preference segmentJMMB Group 5.75% ended at US$1.7365 as 131 units passed through the market and JMMB Group 6% declined 2 cents to 98 US cents after an exchange of 11,763 stock units.
Prices of securities trading are those for the last transaction of each stock unless otherwise stated.